Kanais-Cube-500x451Season 4 of Diablo III was the first time that players had access to Kanai’s Cube.

Technically, players who decided to check out the Player Test Realm (PTR) were able to find and use Kanai’s Cube before it was placed into the game.

So, for me, the first opportunity I had to use it was during Season 4.

I was playing hardcore characters during Season 4, so all of the things I put in Kanai’s Cube can only affect my hardcore characters. Eventually, I want to “complete” the entire Kanai’s Cube – by putting all the stuff into it (in both hardcore and softcore).

Players can find Kanai’s Cube in the Elder Sanctum in the Ruins of Sescheron. The quickest way to get there is to go into Adventure Mode and use the waypoint. Find Sescheron on the map for Act III. Run around in The Ruins of Sescheron, and the Elder Sanctum, until you find Kanai’s Cube.

Kanai-points-to-Kanais-Cube-500x401It is pretty much impossible to miss or walk past without realizing it.

When I started Season 4, I wasn’t sure if I would like the Kanai’s Cube. I’d heard good things about it, but didn’t know if I would find it intuitive or confusing to use. It turns out that using Kanai’s Cube is so much fun that it felt addicting. Must cube all the things!

Add-Items-to-Kanais-Cube-433x500This is what the interface for Kanai’s Cube looks like. The little book towards the bottom of the window holds recipes. The pop-up says: Kanai’s Cube an be used to make exciting new things. Place recipe items within the cube itself to begin. Either drag items to the Cube or Right-Click on them in your inventory.

Archive-of-Tal-Rasha-500x491The recipe that I spent the most time with was Archive of Tal Rasha. It enables you to extract a Legendary Power off of the items you put into Kanai’s Cube. Only certain things can be added to the cube, so check your stash and then search through Kanai’s Cube to see if a particular Legendary item will go into it.

The Archive of Tal Rasha recipe requires:
* Legendary Item with Special Power x1
* Khanduran Rune x1 (You can get these by doing Bounties in Act I)
* Caldeum Nightshade x1 (You can get these by doing Bounties in Act II)
* Arreat War Tapestry x1 (You can get these by doing Bounties in Act III)
* Corrupted Angel Flesh x1 (You can get these by doing Bounties in Act IV)
* Westmarch Holy Water x1 (You can get these by doing Bounties in Act V)
* Death’s Breath x5 (You can get these by killing packs of blue monsters that are level 60 or over.)

Put all of that together, click “Transmute”, and you will have extracted a Legendary Power. The item itself disappears into Kanai’s Cube. Players can access the special power from one piece of jewelry, one piece of armor, and one weapon (or shield) that is in Kanai’s Cube, at the same time.  This is in addition to the stuff your character is already wearing.

The flavor text for the Archive of Tal Rasha recipe says: “…all agreed that the cube was necessary if the hunt for the three was to be successful. They thought they understood the dangers.” – fragment of the Dark Exile Scrolls.

Here are some of the Achievements that players can earn by using Kanai’s Cube to extract Legendary Powers:

Level-1-Cubist-Achievement-492x500Level I Cubist: Extract a Legendary power using Kanai’s Cube.


Level-10-Cubist-454x500Level 10 Cubist: Extract 10 Legendary powers using Kanai’s Cube.


Level 25 Cubist Achievement
Level 25 Cubist: Extract 25 Legendary powers using Kanai’s Cube

Level 25 Cubist completed

Level 50 Cubist Achievement
Level 50 Cubist: Extract 50 Legendary powers using Kanai’s Cube

Level 50 Cubist completed

How to Extract Legendary Powers with Kanai’s Cube is a post written by Jen Thorpe on Book of Jen and is not allowed to be copied to other sites.

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    1. B,

      Make sure that the Legendary item you selected is one that can go into Kanai’s Cube. Not all of them will. Kanai’s Cube only accepts Legendary items that have a special power.

  1. Thank you for the informative post.

    How do I transfer the power into another item of my liking?

    Am I limited to only one transfer per power, or can I transfer it as many times as I want into as many items I would like?

    1. Nazmi,

      I’m not entirely certain what you are asking – but maybe this explanation will help.

      Kanai’s Cube allows players to transmute any of the items that will go into the cube one time. For example, in this blog post, I put the Death Watch Mantle into Kanai’s Cube. I can only do that once.

      The good news is that players can put one of – each – of the items that Kanai’s Cube will accept into it. (This is assuming you have enough materials and Death’s Breaths to do it).

      Players are not actually transferring the power of the items that is in Kanai’s Cube onto their existing gear/weapons. Players get whatever the gear/weapons they are using provides AND the special power of items they put into the cube.

      In other words, you can’t put the Death Watch Mantle into Kanai’s Cube, and use that to transfer its power to your current shoulders. But, that’s ok, because you still get the power of the things in Kanai’s Cube AND the things that are on your current shoulders. You get both at the same time.

      There are some limitations. Not all Legendaries go into Kanai’s Cube. Players can only choose one weapon/shield, one piece of armor, and one ring/necklace at a time. You can change which ones you want to use by selecting anything you have put into Kanai’s Cube.

      I hope my explanation helps you.

  2. Hi Jen – I have a seasonal character and trying to finish Slayer tasks.
    It says to extract legendary power from a ring, armor, and a weapon.
    All of which I have done multiple times now, but still won’t “award” me that task.
    What am I doing wrong?

    1. John,

      I did some research and trouble-shooting to figure out why you were unsuccessful with Kanai’s Cube. There wasn’t anyone posting about this issue in the Diablo Forums, and couldn’t find any articles or blogs mentioning this problem.

      So, I got in game and fiddled with it myself. I already had a weapon and a piece of armor in Kanai’s Cube. I had both of those items equipped through the cube, so my character could use the special Legendary powers (while wearing something else).

      My Season 17 Barbarian was wearing a Legendary ring that was one that goes into the cube. I replaced the ring with one that I crafted at the Jeweler. (The Jeweler gave me a “yellow” ring that was better than the Legendary one).

      I put the Legendary ring into Kanai’s Cube and…. the game did not indicate that I had earned the Slayer objective you mentioned. My next step was to click on the box inside Kanai’s Cube that connects to rings/amulets. I equipped the Legendary ring I just put into Kanai’s Cube by selecting it inside the cube.

      Boom! The “Achievement Toast” for the objective you mentioned appeared. Just to be sure, I looked at my Season Journey. The “Third Power Cubed” objective was checked off as completed.

      In short – The way to earn this objective is not only to put (at least) one weapon, one piece of armor, and one ring/amulet into Kanai’s cube, but also to equip one of each of them through Kanai’s Cube.

      I hope this was helpful.

  3. This has to be the most informative way a person need. Holy shit, I went through a lot of people trying to explain and I can’t understand a thing.

    With a glance of an eye, I understood immediately in this very gold mine post.

    Thank you Jen. I don’t do reply but I do it for your effort. Also I’m shitting right now. Figure I’d say thank you while I’m not doing anything. 🙂

  4. How do I find a legendary item with special power…we are stuck! I have received a legendary wand from nlackamoth but wtf is the special power? what exactly is a legendary item with a special power?

  5. Thank you for your comment, Abd!

    Legendary items can be found inside chests or might drop from some enemies. You can also use Blood Shards to gamble with Kadala in the hope that she might give you a Legendary item. A Legendary item might appear as a reward after finishing a Nephalem Rift or a Greater Rift. Keep in mind that the loot is (usually) random in Diablo III, so there is no guarantee that a specific chest (for example) will give you a Legendary item.

    Some Legendary items have no “special power” (technically called a “Legendary Power”). Many of them do. Read the text on the Legendary item. Look for a line of text that is orange. It will describe what Legendary Power the item has. If you don’t see a line of orange text in the description of a Legendary item, it means that the item doesn’t have a Legendary power and cannot go into Kanai’s Cube.

    I hope that helps!

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